By Marc Lawrence — To no one’s surprise, as usual, most of New England’s picks in this year’s NFL draft were spent with the future in mind. But the selection of S Kyle Dugger as their first pick of the draft was a real head scratcher for the simple reason that the Patriots entered this draft with four quality safeties already: the recently re-signed Devin McCourty, do-it-all box player Patrick Chung, grossly underrated ex-Charger Adrian Phillips and the lesser-known Terrence Brooks, who performed nicely as Chung’s backup last season. On offense, to fill the still-enormous void left by Rob Gronkowski’s retirement/recent trade, Bill Belichick rose to the occasion and drafted two tight ends just 10 picks apart. But the bottom line is the Patriots passed on QBs Jalen Hurts, Jacob Eason and Jake Fromm – and they need a quarterback like blood. For more on the Patriots 2020 NFL draft click here.
When Andy Dalton signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys yesterday it signaled his return home. Dalton was a quarterback at TCU in Forth Worth, Texas in his college days and was born in Katy, Texas. Ironically, the Cowboys will face the AFC North and his former team – the Cincinnati Bengals – this season. Don’t be surprised if at some point by season’s end that he isn’t Dallas’ starting signal caller. Just sayin’.
Grinding Out The Profits
From the all-new 2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine: The college football Yin and Yang stat of the year tells us Kansas State was No. 1 (best) in the nation in Red Zone Offense last season but No. 130 (worst) in Red Zone Defense. They were also No. 2 in 3rd Down Conversion Defense.